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Old 01-01-2011, 12:19 PM   #29
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We just did two weeks at the Parris Island RV park. There are 20 sites and a great bath house with washers and dryers. The sites are huge, about 60X120 feet each. Not much to see at the camp but there is a water side park within walking distance. Very quiet at night but you hear the new Marines training and shooting during the day.
A good place to stay if you're passing through or visiting family.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:41 PM   #30
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I hate to rain on your military parade BUT .I don't like the fact the military keeps these campgrounds for military only.I pay taxes to support the military and your campgrounds. I think I should be allowed to use some of these beautiful campgrounds.No I was not in the Military but to put it quite simply.What makes you a better American!!I served teaching in a public housing area teaching school (33 years). This is where the real battle for this country is going to be won in it's schools. I would like equal access to these campgrounds.I think it unfair to the American public to have special campgrounds for the military only.I don't think your that special. The goverment should open these campgrounds to all campers.Plus I have many men family who served in the army and marines going back to the American Revolutionary War.Fair is Fair
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:00 PM   #31
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I wish I could "share" in all the things I pay taxes for ! Lets give the military/vets a break ,most of the time the duty isn't that great and lots of time away from family and home. I'm sure the "duty" as a teacher wasn't too bad 8 to 4 five days a week and home with family every night. Also 3 mo vacation every year and all the holidays you could ask for. Too bad! Go vets!
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I hate to rain on your military parade BUT .I don't like the fact the military keeps these campgrounds for military only.I pay taxes to support the military and your campgrounds. I think I should be allowed to use some of these beautiful campgrounds.No I was not in the Military but to put it quite simply.What makes you a better American!!I served teaching in a public housing area teaching school (33 years). This is where the real battle for this country is going to be won in it's schools. I would like equal access to these campgrounds.I think it unfair to the American public to have special campgrounds for the military only.I don't think your that special. The goverment should open these campgrounds to all campers.Plus I have many men family who served in the army and marines going back to the American Revolutionary War.Fair is Fair
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I wish I could "share" in all the things I pay taxes for ! Lets give the military/vets a break ,most of the time the duty isn't that great and lots of time away from family and home. I'm sure the "duty" as a teacher wasn't too bad 8 to 4 five days a week and home with family every night. Also 3 mo vacation every year and all the holidays you could ask for. Too bad! Go vets!
Alright, gang. Let's keep a civil tone. We fight elsewhere so we don't have a need to fight here.

Many of the locations allow "guests" (for a slightly higher rate) at the request of a eligible patron. If you buddy travel with a veteran, DoD employee or serving member, it's an opportunity to utilize the facilities.

These campgrounds are a great benefit for those of us who serve or who have served. You may want to research the purpose of MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) and how MWR is funded. It's interesting.

The primary mission of military RV campgrounds is to encourage and support recreation for service personnel while primarily on unofficial travel.

The RV campgrounds are in a "self-funding" category of MWR. We pay to use these facilities. The proceeds are used to maintain and improve the facilities, reducing taxpayer burdens.

The program is administered through MWR, but also serves a very direct purpose in meeting our overall military mission. Priority reservations at these locations are given to those who are traveling on official business. Using these facilities for official business can reduce government travel expenditures since the rates are much lower than traditional temporary lodging (either on-base or hotels).

I hope this information is helpful.
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #33
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I have not heard of military RV parks. As far as military access only. It is small recompense for this level of service to your country. And this coming from a cynical hippy who now is working for the establishment.
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We are at a military campground right now. Just to briefly address the taxpayer issue . . . we pay a reasonable camping fee that not only pays for the construction and maintenance of the camp, but also returns very large amounts of money to support recreational facilities at the military base for the troops. The camps, as a whole, relieve the taxpayer burden.

By the way, you may not realize the wounds many of these campers still suffer from as a result of wartime service. We see it every day here.

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I hate to rain on your military parade BUT .I don't like the fact the military keeps these campgrounds for military only.I pay taxes to support the military and your campgrounds. I think I should be allowed to use some of these beautiful campgrounds.No I was not in the Military but to put it quite simply.What makes you a better American!!I served teaching in a public housing area teaching school (33 years). This is where the real battle for this country is going to be won in it's schools. I would like equal access to these campgrounds.I think it unfair to the American public to have special campgrounds for the military only.I don't think your that special. The goverment should open these campgrounds to all campers.Plus I have many men family who served in the army and marines going back to the American Revolutionary War.Fair is Fair
This is very judgmental and inaccurate. Read the above post as to how MWR facilities work and are funded. These are not free facilities. As a school teacher you, no doubt, have access to benefits I am not entitled to. My wife is a school teacher, so I am familiar with the nature of some of your perks (free admittance to sporting events, educational pricing at numerous businesses, etc.). This is just a reward for the hard and important work you do. Enjoy it as we veterans enjoy the rewards society bestowed upon us. By the way, your use of the word "your" in "I don't think your that special" is incorrect. I believe you meant the contraction "you're." But as a teacher, I'm sure you knew that....
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I don't have a problem with the military/DOD only restriction. Most of these camps are located on active military bases. Some are on inactive bases but they could become active if needed. Security is a problem. There is also the whole military culture you need to know about. Most of these camps have little or no full time staff. Military people know they have to keep the site clean, pick up the dog poo and be quiet and respectful.
We get to stay at these sites because we are sponsored by my son or my son-in-law. I'm ex-military but did not stay in for twenty years. At Parris Island, it took one hour to get our temporary pass validated. I feel lucky that I'm able to use these facilities when sponsored. The military has no obligation to share these facilities with the general public. Their misson is to protect this nation, not serve as a vacation spot.
We are very fortunate that we have the National Parks and Forest in this country. These are open to the general public.
I'd like to see this thread stay active. Reviews of military camp sites are hard to come by. It would be nice to have something to reference.
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Blue Angel Navy Recreational Park

This is an other camp we stayed at. This is on an inactive military base in Pensacola, FL. The camps are located along the WW2 era air strip with nice views of the bay.
The camp is devided into two sections. Battleship Row is reserved for RV's and the camp grounds are open to RV's and tent campers. We stayed at the camp grounds; reservations for the RV spots are in high demand and should be booked in advance.
Battleship Row has full hook-up sites and concrete slabs for your picnik area. Most sites are shaded with nice trees and good views. This area is away from the camp grounds. This is premium camping along the Gulf Coast.
The camp ground offers water and electricty but no sewage. There is a dump station. The sites are small. Some sites offer nice views of the bay and you can walk out of your trailer onto the beach!
There is a rec center that is staffed durring the day. They offer food and snacks. There is boat rental and other recreational opportunities.
The best part of this camp ground is that it is located in Pensacola. With fishing, beaches, historic sites (don't miss the lighthouse near by) restaurants, bars and the National Naval Aviation Museum; this is a great place to visit. This is worth the trip as a final destination for your vacation.
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This sounds like a great place. Hope to travel to Fla. this summer. Thanks for the great rec. area post. CU, On the road Airperson
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Goodfellow AFB RV park in San Angelo

We stayed one night at this nice park near the lake. It was cheap. $15 for a night. The bathrooms and showers were under construction, so we used Abby's shower/tub. We weren't there very long, but it is a nice place in a good location. I was happy to get the LAST spot! It is full of retired snow birds! I look forward to being one myself!Click image for larger version

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Last winter we stayed 2 nights at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Very nice campground and would definately stay again if traveling through the area. It's a bit off the beaten track but nice once you get there. We also stayed 5 days at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Fla. They have a nice campground. Some sites have sewer hookup's and some don't. So it depends on just what's available. We were there for a few days so it didn't matter. No reservations accepted so you just gotta check. Some years ago we were out west and I stopped in at Ft. Lewis, Washington. They had a campground but not very appealing. Looked to be full of long termers and pretty ratty looking at that. Wouldn't want to stay there. Later this winter planning a trip south again. May look in at Ft. Benning, Ga to see their camping facilities. So far the Military bases have been good to us and we've enjoyed their offerings. Oh, I almost forgot. We stayed two times at the Air Force Academy, Colo. Springs. Top Shelf. Very friendly with nice, clean facilities. Not crowded. Definately on my return list. Looking forward to trying some of the other recommendations too.

To the earlier poster, Easyride, I checked some of them out that said DOD employees only. I found if you look a bit further into their policies you'll find that they take active duty, Reserve, retired etc. I'd venture to bet that they all have similar acceptance policies even those that use the terminology DOD employees only. Good traveling
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Most Famcamps have a looser reservation policy for active duty and for reserves fullfilling their active duty requirement. Those folks also can stay a lot longer than the rest of us. It's a nice bennie and one of the few that isn't currently under fire. Prices seem to go up every year but (as noted above) as a "non-appropriated fund" activity, it has to cover its costs as there can be no cost to the taxpayer.

As for our mi silver. I don't recall seeing you on the aircraft when I was flying search and rescue all over hell and gone. In some of the nastiest weather you can imagine. I also must have missed you while I was routinely putting in 60 hour weeks on the hangar deck with no overtime and being paid about 75% of what I could have earned doing the same work in the civilian world. And, unless I am mistaken, you weren't at Loran Station Kure with me for a year -- a rock in mid-pacific inhabited by 22 coasties with no tv, radio, phone, newspapers (although the supply plane came every two weeks with mail). Not to mention my wife being 6000 miles away. Granted, I only got shot at twice
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Can't seem to work up any tears for your not being able to use these facilities...

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I hate to rain on your military parade BUT .I don't like the fact the military keeps these campgrounds for military only.I pay taxes to support the military and your campgrounds. I think I should be allowed to use some of these beautiful campgrounds.No I was not in the Military but to put it quite simply.What makes you a better American!!I served teaching in a public housing area teaching school (33 years). This is where the real battle for this country is going to be won in it's schools. I would like equal access to these campgrounds.I think it unfair to the American public to have special campgrounds for the military only.I don't think your that special. The goverment should open these campgrounds to all campers.Plus I have many men family who served in the army and marines going back to the American Revolutionary War.Fair is Fair
OK, so this post from mi silver really rubbed me the wrong way. I don't claim to be any better American than anyone else. But after reading this post it is clear that my basic knowledge of grammar, punctuation capitalization and usage of the English language is better than at least one teacher from Michigan. Could you at least spell government correctly? Maybe even get a browser that does spell check for you.
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